Formal Modeling and Simulations in Social Sciences

Anthropology department

Dario Nardi

Formal Modeling and Simulations in Social Sciences

Anthropology department

Dario Nardi

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Winter 2010
41.3%
34.4%
27.5%
20.6%
13.8%
6.9%
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Fall 2009
58.8%
49.0%
39.2%
29.4%
19.6%
9.8%
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Fall 2006
25.9%
21.6%
17.3%
13.0%
8.6%
4.3%
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Aug. 10, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

What a great way to get honors credit and learn a lot! This class was a lot of fun and was not too stressful, except that I took it over the summer so things moved pretty fast. Dario is a good lecturer - he is quirky, funny and a master of his field. We did 2 class simulations outside, wrote 2 papers and ended with a final research paper. Everything we did in the course was both relevant and revealing. I highly recommend taking this class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 1, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Great, interesting class. Prof Nardi is just an AWESOME guy and my favorite professor at UCLA thus far. Just follow his study guide, gives extra credit, interesting material, and you should get your A. =)

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 31, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Cool Professor. Nice, funny, and entertaining. Helps you out and is clear when teaching. Really learn alot of interesting stuff. And hes not a dick about grading and gives extra credit. Highly recommend.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 14, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

I don't have enough good things to say about Professor Nardi. It is obviously a bit annoying we have to pay for a reader he made, but nonetheless, that reader will SAVE YOUR LIFE! If you have the reader, you don't really have to go to lecture. But if you don't have the reader, you will have to go to lecture and still find access to the reader because you need it for the tests/quizez. I also need to mention it is the best structured reader I've ever read so you get your money's worth. The way the class is graded is 10% participation (from stimulations we do. Answer questions and turn in to him), 30% final paper (which was actually extremely interesting and not too time consuming), and 60% tests (20% for each of the 3). I did not go to class much (I was taking 4 classes who were kicking my butt) but I must admit that everytime I did, I truly enjoyed it. I wish I had the time that quarter because the things he would bring up in class were so interesting. Anyways, point being is... TAKE THIS CLASS! You won't regret it!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 31, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

I took Hum CS M100 (same as anthro m186) and Hum CS 100L with Professor Nardi in the winter 2009 quarter.
Professor Nardi is wonderful, knows a lot about the material, and best of all, actually cares about student learning. Go to his office hours to talk to him; he's super nice/funny and more than willing to help you. :)

Hum CS M100: Loved the class, learned a lot. Logistics first: You have 2-3 assignments that you have to do, usually around 5 pages double spaced; they're basically just write-ups of the simulations that you did in class. They're really not bad, and the questions he asks are more for you (what did you learn? what did you think?). Just follow the instructions, and you're good to go.
Exams: There are 3 ONLINE exams that you take, each worth about 20% (if I remember correctly). Many students I talked to complained how many of the questions (especially in the first exam) seemed more subjective than objective, making it ultimately kind of hard to pick answers (some of the questions allowed you to check more than one box, or all/none of the above...GAH!!!). Overall though, I think it evens out because everyone ends up getting the grade they deserve, as Professor Nardi curves the overall grades after. Oh, and they're open book. :) (Don't be fooled though, the exams are not easy.)
Final Paper: Two words - START EARLY. It is very time consuming, as you have to gather data/run experiments. It's really not that hard, but it just takes a while. He is very, very willing to help, so ask him if you have any questions.

Hum CS 100L: This 1-unit lab definitely requires more work than a 1 unit class should... But whatever, I still liked it (it's not that bad). I won't ruin the experiment you run for the duration of the class, but just be prepared to write 2-3 papers for this class as well. Not much to say. Pretty easy A if you just do what he asks you to do.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 24, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Dario is a unusual professor. His teaching style is one of the most non-traditional types. He has something what we call charisma because his students fell in love with his laid back teaching style, his friendliness and flexibility with students. He was always surrounded by a group of students when the lecture was over.

All his lectures were contained in a 90+ page course pack which was concise, straight forward, and extrmely helpful because students' time was greatly saved from those traditional long, and boring reading assignments, which probably had nothing to do with the course itself. Those life simulations were enjoyable. Quizzes were straight forward and all drawn from the course pack. Homework assignments could be frustrating and time consuming but you would learn if you did all your work. Dario was a generous grader - he gave out 40% As. Your effort would be rewarded.

On the whole, it was a great class taught by a nice professor who inspired students to think and to look at the real world analytically.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 24, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

If there is ever a professor at UCLA that should be Fired, it would be Dario Nardi. His nArcissistic attitude combined with apathy towards teachinG makes his class terrible. This is the only class that I have taken in my entire 2 years at UCLA in which I can honestly say that I did not learn anything. As Far As knowledGe, Dario has it, but does not Feel that his students will comprehend. So instead of providing lesson plAns and helpful assignments, busy work is provided. The end result is a terrible course to say the least. Theories are water downed, paraphrased, and there is no text book. Dario is much more interested in being seen as "cool" than teaching, maybe he should re-think his proFession and become a middle school teAcher where this attitude fits better. Also, it is interestinG that the students who are normally at the top of classes are at the bottom of Dario\355s. Maybe he is just trying to make the other students feel smarter. The course overall was terribly taught and had no materials that were useful. He is the First teacher at UCLA I hAve ever taken the time to write a neGative review for. I normally only write reviews for good classes and let the bad ones go, however; Dario needed this review. ONLY TAKE ONE OF DARIO\355S CLASSES IF YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT EDUCATION AND WANT A B.S. GRADE OR LIKE TO SUCK UP FOR GOOD GRADES. My feelings for Dario are here AS YOU CAN SEE.

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